According to new Census data released on August 11, numbers indicate that parents are reading more to their children.

In the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent Survey of Income and Program Participation, several indicators show American children are spending more time with their parents, from reading to playing to eating dinner, than they did in 1998. Despite the economic pressures and cutbacks in the budget, parents are taking a more active role in the lives of their children.

Aside from reading more, spending quality time and conversing with children is also beneficial. Using complete sentence structure as opposed to short phrases, “Do this, do that” will stimulate reading skills. The study also suggests that community support through literacy programs has worked and is working. Unfortunately, many of these programs have lost financial support.

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